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US 2 people dead after being swept out by currents in Florida; 'hero' who tried to save them also missing, authorities say

04:05  14 june  2021
04:05  14 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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A man and a three-year-old child are dead and another man is missing after currents Friday swept them out to sea at a Tampa beach in Florida, authorities said.

The man and the child were wading into the water when they "got taken by the strong current" at the beach, said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister at a Friday news conference.

They received a "frantic" 911 call from a woman, whose boyfriend, identified later as Kristoff Murray, 27, "saw that the adult and child were struggling.

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He "immediately, without hesitation, jumped into the water to try to help save the both of them" before getting swept up in the current as well, Chronister said.

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"We are certainly calling him now, not just a good Samaritan, but our Apollo Beach hero," he added.

Later Friday, a boater saw the body of the man who had been with the child in the water, Chronister said. That man was recovered a short time later deceased, and the child was recovered a few minutes later and transported to the hospital where he died.

As of Sunday afternoon, Murray was still missing. Authorities scaled back their search Sunday.

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2 people, including a young child, are dead after being swept out by Florida currents. A man who tried to rescue them is missing

  2 people, including a young child, are dead after being swept out by Florida currents. A man who tried to rescue them is missing Two people -- including a 3-year-old child -- are dead and a third person is missing after being swept out by strong currents at a beach near Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said. © From HCSO Sheriff/Twitter Public safety agencies used dive teams, boats and aviation tools to search the water. Authorities received a "frantic" 911 call around 7:30 p.m. Friday reporting that a man and a child had been wading in the water and were swept out by the strong current at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, Chronister said Friday night at a news conference.

Chronister urged everyone to remember that "water safety is paramount" in a statement Friday.

"It's summertime in Florida. It's hot. We all want to be in the water, we want to cool off. But please, when you have areas that are clearly marked no swimming, it's for a reason," Chronister said during the news conference.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 2 people dead after being swept out by currents in Florida; 'hero' who tried to save them also missing, authorities say

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